Gritty Proteas in the driving seat at Trent Bridge

Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj took three wickets each as South Africa thrashed England by 340 runs to level the four Test series 1-1

South Africa's Hashim Amla hits out during day three of the Second Test match against England, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, Sunday July 16.

Pollock's own Test career was cut short in 1970, after just 23 matches in which he had already scored 2,256 runs, including seven hundreds, by an anti-apartheid boycott that saw South Africa exiled from official global cricket for over two decades.

Already, however, the ground-record run chase of 284 - achieved by England against New Zealand in 2004 - will have to be broken if the hosts are to pull off a highly-improbable victory.

Atherton batted 10 hours 43 minutes for 185 not out to earn England a draw in South Africa 22 years ago.

But chiefly, before Dawson returned to get his man as Root finally reviewed correctly, this was a clinic in occupation, such that extended spells between his 14 fours passed without so much as a twitch.

Earlier Amla, so often a thorn in England's side, made 87 - his second fifty of the match.

Philander was 54 not out and recalled all-rounder Chris Morris, one of three changes to the side that lost the first of a four-Test campaign by 211 runs at Lord's last week, 23 not out.

For all their success in recent times, some of these players have got to consider they way they are playing and basic situational cricket.

"We have a lot of character and we wanted to show it".

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England bowling coach Ottis Gibson said: "It would be a great game for us to win from here".

With every defensive stroke, every delivery they allowed to pass to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, South Africa reminded England how foolish they had been on Saturday. England will resume on Monday one without loss.

England bowler Stuart Broad is hoping for some favourable weather conditions on day two of the second Investec Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge. Umpire Simon Fry turned down a half-hearted appeal by fielders and England didn't go for a TV review, with replays showing Amla got a nick.

In Broad's next over Elgar‚ on 55 with the score 94/1‚ slashed to gully - where James Anderson dropped a hard chance.

"The (batsmen) don't trust their techniques to stay in long enough", he explained."That's a concern".

Amla, who made 78 in the first innings, was 61 not out and returning captain Faf du Plessis four not out.

Vaughan believes the current crop of England batsmen could learn lessons from the way South Africa have approached batting in the ongoing Test match.

Amla (87) was thirteen runs short of his century when he was trapped leg before by Liam Dawson, he almost earned a lucky reprieve when umpire Paul Reiffel gave him not out but replays showed it was hitting middle and met all other criteria and he had to go on review.

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